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A great time on the Long Beach Peninsula

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North Head lighthouse seen from another tip of North Head, looking south over the Pacific Ocean toward the Columbia River Bar. Sea Images Northwest photo. By Bill Wagner.

How do you have a great time on the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington? Here’s how:

Explore it’s 28 miles of sandy beach.

Become a kid again bye playing pinball, laser tag and other games at the FUNLAND Family Entertainment Center in downtown Long Beach.

Enjoy the old growth forests, ocean beaches and history at the Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco. The 161-year-old Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides sailors into the mouth of the Columbia River from the south,

Experience world class fishing in an area renowned for its salmon, tuna, crab and halibut. Pacific County lays claim to the title of “oyster capital of the world.” The Port of Ilwaco, known as “the fishing capital of the West,” can accommodate 800 sport and commercial fishing vessels.

Visit the one of the many local museums including The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, Willapa Bay Interpretive Center at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta and The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame in Long Beach.

►From Marie Powell Gallery and Don Nisbett Art Gallery in Ilwaco to nationally renowned Wiegardt Studio Gallery in Ocean Park, there are dozens of art studios on the peninsula. A walk through downtown Long Beach is a necessary trek for any souvenir hunter, and the Long Beach Peninsula Treasure Map—available at the Visitors Bureau—is a must for antique collectors.

Enjoy fresh seafood at Ole Bob’s Galley and Cafe in Ilwaco or Oysterville Sea Farms. Find exquisite cuisine at award-winning restaurants like The Depot and 42nd Street Café & Bistro. Celebrate the region’s bounty with events like the Wild Mushroom Celebration, Jazz & Oysters and the Cranberrian Fair.